queen to get rid of Manikanta for ever feigned severe sickness and
ordered for leopard's milk for ever cure. With the connivance of the
scheaming Diwan and hench men, he managed to send Manikanta to the
forest on this work. The King having realised Manikanta's real form,
agreed and awaited his sure arrival with the leopards milk.
Manikantha brushing aside his father's proposal of sending hunters
for help on the ground that the leopards would be frightened at
their sight went alone. And he was a renowned hunter and warrior by
coming to the forest was eagerly awaited by sages And gods, who
transformed themselves into wild animals and offered the desired
milk. Devendra taking the form of tiger carried him to the palace.
When he reached the Palace riding the tiger followed by packs of
leopards, the queen's sickness took to heels. While Rajasekhara
witnessed the divine drama, Just then, the holy sage Agasthya
arrived and narrated the divine mission and said that he had, to
hurry to Devaloka for killing Mahishi, and the 12 years servitude
was over too.
leaving, he ordained that a temple with 18 steps to be built on the
sacred Sabarimalai. It was carried out, besides prescribing a code
of injunctions for the devotee pilgrim, as directed. They are
implemented since then with utmost reverence.